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Lorries still plaguing life of Bradford householder
A householder says he is still being plagued by lorries using an exit from a filling station opposite his house, despite the owners trying to restrict its use.
David McHugh, 55, who lives in Paley Road behind the East Bowling BP station in Wakefield Road, said his car had been hit by lorries on three separate occasions, the last of which caused his insurance to rise by £900.
After complaining to the site owners, Spring Petroleum Ltd, the company responded by handing out flyers to drivers and putting up signs to try to discourage use of the exit, but Mr McHugh said the situation is yet to improve.
“The problem hasn’t been resolved, I still can’t relax in the comfort of my own home and still jump up every time I hear the sound of a lorry,” he said.
“There are no fixed signs, just ones tied around posts with string, and they keep getting moved or lost. Drivers are taking no notice and think it’s still easier for them just to turn right.”
Mr McHugh, who has taken video evidence of HGVs continuing to use the exit, has a designated disabled parking space outside his house because his wife, Janet, suffers from spinal problems.
The couple objected to the residential exit when it was proposed, but were under the impression it would be access-only and not used by HGVs to return to Wakefield Road.
The flyers given out by service station staff warn drivers that the width of Paley Road could result in them getting stuck, and state that a ‘no right turn’ policy has been implemented for all vehicles.
They suggest using the site’s main exit, or turning left on to Paley Road, but on Thursday, one HGV trying to use the diversion caused some damage to a car parked on the street.
Ian Woodcock, operations director at Spring Petroleum Ltd, which owns the site independently of BP, said the signs had led to the “vast majority” of drivers using the garage’s primary exit directly back on to Wakefield Road. “I have sympathy with Mr McHugh, and we are happy to continue to work with him to alleviate the problem, but we are doing as much as we can.”
A section of wall and railings opposite Mr McHugh’s house that was demolished when an HGV hit them in October is yet to be repaired.
Andy Fisher, Bradford Council’s principal engineer, traffic and highways, said: “We hope to start work rebuilding the wall very soon following a recent insurance settlement and we will contact Mr McHugh to let him know.
“We will also investigate the report of signs restricting traffic turning out of the garage.”
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